It’s part of our morning routine.
Wake up, get dressed, and roll on deodorant before heading out for the day.
However, while most of us feel embarrassed if we leave the house without putting on deodorant, experts have revealed that morning isn’t the best time to apply it if you want it to be most effective.
Dr Lindsey Zubritsky, a dermatologist from Mississippi, took to TikTok to share when you should actually roll on an antiperspirant.
‘If you’re not applying your deodorant at nighttime, you’re doing it wrong,’ she said in the video, which has more than 340,000 views.
She added: ‘At nighttime, our sweat glands are less active. Therefore, it absorbs the antiperspirant more effectively.’
Dr Lindsey Zubritsky, a dermatologist in Mississippi , took to TikTok to share when you should actually roll on an antiperspirant
Deodorants are meant to eliminate odor but not reduce perspiration – sweating. Meanwhile, antiperspirants contain aluminum-based ingredients that block sweat pores to prevent perspiration
Antiperspirant is absorbed more effectively at night because body temperature naturally drops to prepare our bodies for sleep due to increased production of melatonin.
Melatonin is a hormone that controls how asleep or awake people feel.
It’s produced in the brain’s pineal gland, and its release in the body is controlled by light.
During the day, when the eye absorbs light, melatonin levels in the body are low, and, as a result, we feel awake.
But when darkness settles and the amount of light being absorbed by the eye reduces, more melatonin circulates around the body.
In addition to cooling down body temperature, melatonin reduces blood pressure and slows heart rate to tell the body it’s time for bed.
When you put on deodorant or antiperspirant at night as melatonin increases, it works to block sweat and odor produced by sweat glands.
The body has two types of sweat glands: eccrine and apocrine glands.
Eccrine glands are present throughout most of the body and open up directly to the skin’s surface, producing sweat droplets.
Apocrine glands, however, develop in areas with hair follicles leading to the surface of the skin.
They are usually found in the armpits, scalp and genitals and produce body odor.
Applying antiperspirant at night and giving it time to be absorbed helps the substance plug the apocrine glands in the armpit, more effectively stopping sweat and odor than applying it right before you head out the door.
The American Academy of Dermatology notes that applying deodorant or antiperspirant at night gives it the full six to eight hours it needs to plug the sweat ducts.
The benefits can be seen with both deodorant and antiperspirants, which reduce body odor in different ways.
Deodorants are meant to eliminate odor but not reduce perspiration – sweating.
Meanwhile, antiperspirants contain aluminum-based ingredients that block sweat pores to prevent perspiration.
However, don’t roll on your deodorant or antiperspirant immediately after your evening shower.
Both products are most effective when applied to dry skin, so make sure you towel off first before swiping them on.
In her video, Dr Zubritsky also shared several other skin tips, including tossing your Chapstick brand lip balm.
She said the products are likely making your chapped lips worse because they are ‘filled with fragrances’ that can lead to allergic contact dermatitis, a type of itchy rash.
Instead, she recommended products with petroleum jelly, which has been shown to help moisturize your face and hands. This is found in products like Vaseline and Aquaphor.
Lastly, for a type of acne called Pityrosporum Folliculitis, which is caused by a fungal infection and leads to bumps on the skin, Dr Zubritsky recommended using foot creams with antifungal properties.